How to Be Safe: Review

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How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister

Pages: 240 Genre: Fiction

Published: April 3rd, 2018 by Liveright

My Rating: 3.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ Drink of choice: Harney & Sons Pumpkin Tea- 4 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐


I feel like book reviews need to be more interesting, or maybe it is just mine(😂) I’m not sure if rating my drink of choice(ya know the drink I was drinking while reading) will make it more of a better review but I got to try something different. So anyway, I discovered Harney & Sons Tea about a month ago and the Pumpkin Spice tea is 100% delicious! It doesn’t have to pumpkin overload aftertaste like everything else.

But anyways back to the book review.

“With some time to kill, the shooter parks his car outside One Brother’s Pizza, and he thinks: Its just a slice, a slice won’t slow me down.”

This book starts out with what the student does before he goes to shoot up his high school. It states that he’s been planning this for months. When it first starts, I thought this book was going to be about the shooter, his thoughts, the thoughts of the students as its happening and the aftermath of the shooting.

“He wants them to understand the randomness of fate, to understand that he himself is fate personified, and he chose not to kill them, not because they’re special or more important or better prepared or more faithful or more likable, but because there is no reason but unreason.

But after the Prologue, I quickly realize the story was being told by Anna, she was a former teacher at the high school who recently got suspended because of her behavior. She hears the gunshots from her home and is later arrested because she is a prime suspect. After she was suspended, she posted angry messages about the school things like “I should’ve burned down the building” etc. I really liked this book at the beginning. I had soo many quotes that I wanted to write down and that is something that I don’t do very often. However, as it kept going I sadly found myself getting bored with the story 🙁 -I feel so bad saying that- I managed to finish the whole book and while I started to become less interested in it I don’t regret reading it. It was a darkly funny exposer of how one crime can have a snowball effect. I say darkly funny because there were moments when I wasn’t sure how to take Anna. One minute she is serious and the next she is seeing the ghost walking around the school hallways.

This book describes many problems that this country has faced lately. Gun control, mass shootings, mental illness, etc.

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An Anonymous Girl-Review

 

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Publish Date: January 8,2019 by St. Martins Press

Pages: 384                 Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

My Rating: 3.5


“We all have reasons for our actions. Even if we hide the reason from those who think they know us best. Even if the reasons are so deeply buried, we can’t recognize them ourselves.”

Like I’m sure many people do, I normally buy a book for its cover. Even though, I did not buy this book since its an ARC the cover is the main reason why I am so excited about reading this.

OMINOUS

DEVIOUS

CURIOUS

DESIROUS

SUSPICIOUS

DANGEROUS

MALICIOUS

MURDEROUS

I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers and suspense stories lately, and that cover made it seem like it would be an excellent read. Which is why I feel a little letdown. I’m not sure if it was just me slowly reading(I’m trying to break myself out of this slump) or if the story was just slow moving. The book begins having you read an invitation to a study that is being conducted for women between the ages of 18 – 32. It is a research study on ethics and morality. Jessica who is a make-up artist is at a clients house one day when the client Taylor tells her friend about a being invited to fill out a questionnaire for $500. Since Jessica needs the money, she needs up showing up for the appointment the next morning and gets invited back the next day to participate in the study some more. She finds the questions to be a little unnerving because she is harboring a secret that’s she has felt guilty about for many years.  This all gets me interested so far, I like where the story is going. Then I just find it odd how much she seems to be overly fond of Dr. Shield, the therapist who is conducting the study.  So fond that she is willing to expand her participation by doing real-life experiments. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers since there are a few months before this book is released so I’ll just get into what I really thought about the book instead of giving you a summary.

My thoughts…..

Overall I really enjoyed the plot of the story, I just felt like it was a bit flat and the ending was a total disappointment. Maybe disappointment is the wrong word….. it was a fitting end I suppose, it just wasn’t how I thought it was going to end. There was soo much more that could have been done with this story. The way it was set up and the direction it was moving I was hoping for some more thriller. The cover says murderous and dangerous, but while reading it you wouldn’t have been able to pinpoint who those were for, is this making sense?

What I’m trying to say here is it was lacking something. It needed more thriller, more action it was a little slow paced in my opinion, and then it just abruptly ends and not in the way you would have thought it would.

I do recommend it, it was an overall good story, and the writing style was great.

Thank you St. Martins Press for giving me a copy!

 

 

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The Journey Begins….

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Hello, all you wonderful book lovers ❤ I created this blog so I could post reviews of the books that I either like or dislike. I read a lot of YA books, I could talk to anyone about those kinds of books for hours. My favorite author is Cassandra Clare, and some of my all-time favorite books are Every last word, tell me three things, all the bright places, hate list and the iron fey series ❤ I will try to keep this blog fun and creative 😉 But it seems the one thing I am really good at is taking book pictures.